What's Behind The Lesbian Pay Gap?Anna North12/28/10 5:32pmFiled to: women at workLesbian pay gapLesbiansgay womenGayhomophobialgbtlgbtqSexual orientationWorkpaySalariesshutterstock71EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkGay women make 6% more than their straight counterparts, even if you control for other factors. So what's the cause of this sexual orientation pay gap?According to Marina Adshade of BigThink, "lesbian women are better-educated on average, are more likely to be white, live predominantly in cities, have fewer children, and are significantly more likely to be a professional. But even when you control for these differences, the wage premium is still on the order of 6%." Lesbian women also face discrimination for their sexual orientation — a recent study suggested, for instance, that as girls, they may receive disproportionately harsh punishment. So it's surprising that this group actually makes more money than women who don't face homophobia.